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An ex-'60s radical now working as a private eye is hired by an old flame to investigate a political smear campaign. The case becomes more dangerous as it unfolds.

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Moses Wine
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Lila
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Suzanne
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Sam Sebastian
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Alora
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Spitzler
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Eppis
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Oscar Procari Sr.
Jorge Cervera Jr. ...
Jorge
Michael Hershewe ...
Jacob
Rita Karin ...
Aunt Sonya
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Randy
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Wilson
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Michael Linker
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Mr. Johnson
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Hawthorne
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Jonah's Partner
Joyce Easton ...
Woman in Mercedes
Martin Garner ...
Bittleman
Danny Gellis ...
Simon
William Glover ...
Commentator
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Wendy Linker
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Perry
Ray Martucci ...
Policeman
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Policeman
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Maid
Dick Whittington ...
Newsman
Steven Benedict ...
Student
Rene Botana ...
Rene
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Burke
Billy Cardenas ...
Chicano
Jane Chastain ...
Sports Announcer
Willie Covan ...
Elderly Servant
Fred Franklyn ...
Reporter #1
Joel Fredrick ...
Reporter #2
Margie Gordon ...
Reporter #3
Chester Grimes ...
Chester
Pat Hustis ...
Dealer
David Matthau ...
Volunteer
John Mayo ...
Dillworthy
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Francis Joins the Navy
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Pool Man
Raphael Simon ...
Nicholas Eppis
Gregory Prentiss ...
Reporter #4
David Rowlands ...
Jonah
Al Ruban ...
Detective
Running Deer ...
Luis Vasquez
June Sanders ...
Policewoman
Caskey Swaim ...
Cop
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Saleswoman
Joe Warfield ...
Worker
James Wing Woo ...
Pak Chung
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Waiter (uncredited)
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Amy Eppis (uncredited)

Directed by

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Jeremy Kagan ... (as Jeremy Paul Kagan)

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Roger L. Simon ... (screenplay)
 
Roger L. Simon ... (novel)

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Carl Borack ... producer
Richard Dreyfuss ... producer

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Bill Conti

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Frank Stanley ... director of photography

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Patrick Kennedy

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Sandra Davis ... assistant film editor
James R. Symons ... editor: documentary and additional sequences (as James Symons)
Bill Theobald ... assistant film editor

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Jane Feinberg ... (as Feinberg)
Mike Fenton ... (as Fenton)

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Robert F. Boyle

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Raymond Brandt

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Mary Ann Biddle

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Edith Head

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Leonard Drake ... hair stylist
Alan Friedman ... makeup artist
Charles H. Schram ... makeup artist (as Charles Schram)

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Ernest B. Wehmeyer ... unit production manager

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Candace Allen ... second assistant director
Jon C. Andersen ... first assistant director
Robert Latham Brown ... second assistant director
Paul Chavez ... trainee assistant director (uncredited)

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Fred Chapman ... property master
Charles Jenkins ... assistant props (uncredited)
Neil L. Lester ... painter (uncredited)
Harold Michelson ... production illustrator (uncredited)
Jack Overall ... leadman (uncredited)
Larry Phillips ... assistant props (uncredited)

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Jack Gosden ... dialogue editor
David M. Ronne ... sound (as David Ronne)
John Stacy ... sound effects editor
Roger Sword ... sound editor
Jerry Clark ... sound recordist (uncredited)
Duncan McEwan ... sound loader (uncredited)

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Jack Faggard ... special effects (as Jack Faggart)

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Richard E. Butler ... stunt coordinator
Chuck Hicks ... stunts (uncredited)

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Larry Barbier ... still photographer
Roy Barnett ... best boy
Buddy Bowles ... gaffer
William N. Clark ... camera operator (as Bill Clark)
Bud Howell ... key grip
Tommy James ... second key grip
Mike Laurance ... special photography
Richard A. Mention III ... assistant camera (as Rick Mention)
Timothy E. Wade ... assistant camera (as Tim Wade)
Rod Helzer ... dolly grip (uncredited)

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William Batliner ... casting: Universal (uncredited)

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Robert Chase ... wardrobe: men (as Bob Chase)
Sheila Mason ... wardrobe: women
Silvio Scarano ... wardrobe: men

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Stephen A. Hope ... music editor
Robert Fernandez ... music scoring mixer (uncredited)
Dan Wallin ... music scoring mixer (uncredited)

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Chuck Martinez ... driver
John Barnett ... driver captain (uncredited)
Chris Haynes ... driver (uncredited)
Joe Tutak ... driver co-captain (uncredited)

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Sue DiPuccio ... assistant to producer
Rick Fields ... production assistant (as Richard Fields)
Elaine Goren ... production consultant
Max Manlove ... production assistant
Joel Sill ... bebop consultant: Mr. Kagan
Cynnie Troup ... script supervisor
John Hammond ... craft service (uncredited)
Don Levy ... unit publicist (uncredited)
Toni Sanchez ... secretary (uncredited)

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Plot Summary

In Los Angeles, Moses Wine, who was part of the counter-culture of the late 1960s at UC-Berkeley, still has those radical feelings but no longer does anything about them. His wife Suzanne, who has transformed from a 1960s hippie to a 1970s new-ageist, divorced him when his law school background didn't materialize into the upper middle class liberal life she was expecting, she having sole custody of their two young sons, with Moses having visitation rights. Moses fell into work as a private investigator of the gumshoe variety, which usually doesn't cover his monthly child support payments. After not seeing her for ten years, Moses is contacted by Lila Shea, an old girlfriend from Berkeley, to do some investigative work on behalf of her boss, Sam Sebastian, the Southern California coordinator for the gubernatorial campaign of Congressman Miles Hawthorne. Lila felt Moses would be well suited to the job because of running within "the" crowd at Berkeley, even if only knowing the main players by name and reputation. Flyers have been circulating with a doctored photo of Hawthorne and Howard Eppis in a friendly embrace, Eppis who in the late 1960s was part of the California 4 - the other three being Michael and Wendy Linker, and Luis Vasquez - an anti-establishment group convicted of several counts related to their work against the government. While the Linkers are behind bars probably for the rest of their lives, Luis Vasquez is a free man working for the rights of Mexican laborers, while Eppis has been a fugitive ever since, the authorities who are still looking for him. The flyers, which contain extreme socialist rhetoric and an implication of Hawthorne welcoming Eppis' endorsement, have the potential to derail Hawthorne's campaign. Moses is tasked with finding out who is behind the flyers - the most obvious being the campaign of Hawthorne's competitor, Senator Dillworthy - and if it is indeed not Eppis, why they would have specifically used Eppis' name. Moses accepts the job despite not endorsing Hawthorne - or Dillworthy for that matter - he equating Hawthorne's excitement factor to watching paint dry. The further Moses and Lila get into the investigation, the number of unanswered questions they have grows, and the more people who were associated with Eppis at the time cannot be located, including Oscar Procari, Jr., who funded the California 4's defense probably to spite his industrialist father. With the many trails, Moses and Lila still believe finding Eppis would answer many questions. All the while, Moses tries to rekindle a relationship with Lila. The investigation ends up having a change of focus with the potential for deadly violence on multiple levels and when incidents makes it personal to Moses. Written by Huggo

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Taglines Richard Dreyfuss as Moses Wine, private detective. So go figure... See more »
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Also Known As
  • La grande triche (France)
  • Un investigador insólito (Spain)
  • Der große Trick (West Germany)
  • El gran engaño (Argentina)
  • Большой сговор (Soviet Union, Russian title)
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  • 108 min
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Budget $3,800,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Richard Dreyfuss broke his wrist just before shooting was to begin. Rather than delay shooting they worked his cast into the script. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Wiz/Who is Killing The Great Chefs of Europe?/Girlfriends/The Big Fix/Days of Heaven (1978). See more »
Soundtracks Seduced See more »
Quotes Moses Wine: Bakunin? Bakunin was a terrorist monster. You are not an authority on Bakunin just because you used to date every terrorist in Soviet Russia, that does not make you an authority.
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